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It’s been a very quiet hurricane season, so today with a tropical storm on the horizon it’s certainly time we all paid attention.
Tropical Storm Gonzalo may become the first hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, and it’s headed toward the Windward Islands this weekend, but its forecast is a significant challenge with large uncertainty. So, where is Tropical Storm Gonzalo now and what can we expect over the next few days?
TROPICAL STORM GONZALO
ONAMET, the Dominican Republics official meteorology office, monitors the evolution and development of tropical storm Gonzalo, which is located in the North Atlantic Ocean about 1400 kilometers east / southeast of the arc of the Lesser Antilles, has maximum winds of 100kph, and moves westward to 22kph. In addition to this, tropical depression number 8 has been identified and is located about 610 km, east/southeast OF Port Oconnor Texas, it moves west/northwest at 15 kph it has maximum sustained winds of 55 kph, this depression, by its trajectory and location does not represent a danger to the country.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC?
Of course, before a tropical depression, tropical storm or indeed a hurricane actually arrives it really is impossibly to predict what is going to happen, but according to weather.com and ONAMET, the following is likely:
Today it is expected to be cloudy accompanied by downpours that could be locally moderate, electrical storms, and gusts of wind at times towards the northeast, southeast, southwest, the Central mountain range, and Greater Santo Domingo.
Tomorrow, Friday, the tropical wave will have left our forecast area, which will allow a gradual reduction of the rains especially towards the regions located in the southern portion of the country, however in the afternoon, towards the northeast and the Central mountain range, there will be some downpours with isolated thunderstorms and gusts of wind at times.
ONAMET will keep watch over Tropical Storm Gonzalo.
REASON TO PANIC?
Not at all. Looks like the worst the Dominican Republic can expect is some rain from the tail end of the storm, and maybe nothing at all. HOWEVER, as we have mentioned before, tropical cyclones are essentially unpredictable. While there can be no doubt that rain is on its way, what will actually happen we will have to wait and see…
We here at Casa de Campo Living will do our best to keep you informed, but for up to the minute notifications check out:
• www.nhc.noaa.gov – The National Hurricane Centre
• www.weather.com – The Weather Channel
• ONAMET.gov.do – the Dominican Republic’s official weather warning people (this one is in Spanish)
• Twitter: We recommend following NHC_Atlantic – for regular tweets on hurricanes, tropical storms etc